How to Create an Emotional Connection With Remote Employees

Over the years, working in management roles in global companies, I've come to learn a few things about managing remote employees. Specifically, how to best motivate remote employees and how to keep them engaged and part of the global organization.

Managers at global headquarters are often thrown into a role where they inherit remote employees and simply don't have a clue on how to manage them. Managing someone under the same roof and managing someone half way across the world from you, takes a completely different set of management skills and techniques. Unfortunately, most corporate managers rarely get training in this area, and the ones who suffer tend to be the remote employees. I came across the below article when browsing through Flipbook the other day. If you work in a global company and manage (or work with) colleagues outside of your home country, I highly recommend giving this article a read. 

How to Create an Emotional Connection With Remote Employees

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Gap Minder - A Fact-based Worldview

If you haven't heard of Gap Minder, be sure to check out this very cool online tool. Gap Minder helps you visualize various data sets to better understand the world around you. In their words, "We are a modern “museum” that helps making the world understandable, using the Internet."


How Secure is Your Password?

Do you have a strong password? How strong is it exactly? Check out this cool online tool, which will give you a rough idea of how long it would take to crack your password.

Here is the link: https://howsecureismypassword.net/



How to Disable the Shutter Sound on your Japanese iPhone

A bit of background: If you own a Japanese iPhone, you probably know that you are unable to disable the shutter sound. This can be quite annoying for those that wish to take a photo without causing noise and disturbing others. There are several valid reasons for not wanting the shutter sound to play. 

To name a few: taking photos of your friends or food when out at a restaurant. Hearing that shutter sound draws unwanted attention from other guests and can be disturbing to them. You may want to take a photo of the whiteboard in a classroom without making noise and disturbing your fellow students. You may want to take a screenshot on your phone without making your colleagues think that you are taking a photo of them for some strange reason. The list goes on and on. 

If you like tinkering with things and want to try this out for fun, read on and I'll show you how to disable this feature from your Japanese iphone.

Note: I am only providing this tutorial for educational purposes and I take no responsibility whatsoever. Proceed at your own risk.

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How to Purchase from Amazon Japan (Amazon.co.jp) in English

Since the holiday season is upon us, I thought I would write up this quick tutorial on how to use Amazon Japan (www.amazon.co.jp) in English. In past years, my family would buy gifts for the holidays and then pay ridiculous amounts of money to ship them from the US to Japan (not to mention I would sometimes have to pay duty on these items). An easier way to go about things, is to simply purchase items from online retailers in Japan and have them shipped locally. The problem is language. My family, like many others, cannot read Japanese, so it makes it very difficult. Well, Amazon, who stocks pretty much everything, is here to save you the hassle.

I'll walk you through how to navigate Amazon.co.jp and place an order for your friends and family. Also, this guide can be used for those of you looking for unique Japanese products, unavailable in your home countries. You can just as easily navigate the Japanese version of Amazon.co.jp and order items to be shipped internationally to your home country. So let's begin the tutorial...



Computer Wakes from Sleep by Itself (randomly) - How to Fix

I have recently come across a new issue where my computer wakes from sleep mode on its own. Basically, I will put the computer to sleep around 10pm and when checking in the morning, the computer is already powered on.

I researched this issue online but could not come across anything that was all to helpful. After looking around the Window's log files amongst other things, I finally found the culprit being the Windows Media Center scheduled task item mcupdate_scheduled. You can see this task by launching the task scheduler and navigating to Microsoft -> Windows -> Media Center -> mcupdate_scheduled

By default, it is set to run at 3:27am everyday and to wake up the computer to run the task. I have no idea why Microsoft would have this as a default setting. Anyway, to solve your problem, click on the "Conditions" tab and uncheck the box "Wake the computer to run this task". Basically, once you launch Windows Media Center and start configuring the software on your machine, this task will be created. Check the screenshot below:

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My Recommended Reading List

Below is a list of books I highly recommend reading! I have found them all to be well worth the investment of time and money. They are filled with invaluable business advice and life lessons. I always keep them on my Kindle, at the ready, for when time allows to re-read them.

They have greatly helped me over the years, while working in various roles and in various capacities. I hope they can help you too!

I have also listed some of my favorite magazine publications. If you are in a country where it's difficult to get a copy of these, try out an app called Flipbook, and search for these magazine titles. Some of these publications release their articles through this platform from time to time.

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jQuery Vector Maps

I've been playing around with jQuery a bit lately, and I thought it would be cool to create a world map to visually show which countries I have been to. I came across jQuery Vector Maps (http://jqvmap.com/). It's well documented and very easy to configure to your liking. With a few lines of code and using their stock World Map, I was able to create a visual map showing all the countries I have visited. See if in action here: http://www.jbellendir.com/about-me/my-travels

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